High-Level EPA Adviser Accused of Scientific Fraud in Methane Leak Research. A pump jack near Ardmore, Oklahoma, February 12, 2016.
An environmental group has presented evidence that one of the EPA's top scientific advisors fraudulently concealed evidence that a commonly-used tool for collecting data from oil and gas wells gives artificially low methane measurements. (Photo: Brandon Thibodeaux / The New York Times) It's one of the highest-stakes debates in the battle over climate change policy action: How much methane is spewing from oil and gas sites nationwide, and what do we do as a result? If enough of the odorless, colorless methane gas leaks or is vented into the air, scientists say, then burning natural gas -- marketed as a green fuel that can help wean the U.S. off of high-carbon fuels -- will actually be worse for the climate than coal, long seen as the fuel that contributes the most to global warming. Dr. In response to the NC WARN complaint, Dr. The problem with Dr.
"The problems Mr. While Dr. "I've gone to Dr. Why is Trump so fixated on abolishing the EPA? Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has been notably light on policy specifics.
Yet one of his very few clear proposals is to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency. He has called for doing so repeatedly, although he sometimes calls it the “Department of Environmental” or “DEP.” And he’s not the only Republican presidential contender to call for puting EPA on the chopping block. Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich also called for eliminating the agency, and Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio called for drastically limiting its authority. As Trump gears up to give a big energy policy speech at a conference hosted by the North Dakota Petroleum Council next Thursday, it’s worth examining what his signature environmental policy proposal would mean. It’s hard to know what goes on under Trump’s combover. Taken literally, Trump’s proposal to abolish EPA is a recipe for dirty air and legal chaos. As The Guardian explained in a February article: Republican candidates' calls to scrap EPA met with skepticism by experts. Amid prolonged bickering with his rivals, Donald Trump outlined a fairly radical proposal during Thursday’s Republican debate: to scrap the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Typically there was little policy detail. But it was clear that the EPA – and its $8bn budget – would be on the chopping block should the Republican frontrunner become president. “Environmental protection – we waste all of this money,” he said. “We’re going to bring that back to the states. Judge Steps In At Last Minute To Block EPA, Heroically Saves America From Clean Water. Late Thursday, a North Dakota federal judge issued a temporary injunction just hours before an Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers rule to protect small streams and wetlands went into effect.
North Dakota and 12 other states requested the injunction, which halts enforcement of the Waters of the United States rule. Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, South Dakota, and Wyoming were also party to the suit, which seeks to have the rule, scheduled to go into effect Friday, overturned. “I am very pleased by today’s ruling, which protects the state and its citizens from the serious harm presented by this unprecedented federal usurpation of the state’s authority,” North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said in a statement. “There is much more to do to prevent this widely unpopular rule from ever taking effect. Business Groups Are Suing The EPA Over Its New Drinking Water Protections.
Multiple business groups have filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers in an attempt to strike down the federal government’s new water protection rule.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Federation of Independent Businesses, and three other groups sued the agencies Friday over the Waters of the United States rule, which protects two million miles of streams and 20 million acres of wetlands that hadn’t before been regulated under the Clean Water Act. EPA Slams House Republicans For Trying To Gut Environmental Protections. The heads of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) fired back Tuesday against a proposed budget from the the Republican-led House, telling reporters the appropriations bill is “short-sighted” with “terrible real-world consequences.”
The House of Representatives is currently debating an appropriations bill that would reduce the EPA’s budget by $718 million, or by 9 percent, and prohibit certain environmental regulations, including a sweeping proposal from the Obama administration to tackle carbon emissions. “We are deeply disappointed in the bill,” OMB Director Shaun Donovan said on a call Tuesday. “Representatives are attempting to hijack the appropriations process.” Donovan told reporters the overall budget locks in sequestration for agencies like the EPA and reflects the lowest real levels of funding in a decade.
Nearly every state has water or conservation projects that would be put on hold, he noted.